May 22, 2013
Aug. 12, 2013
As you arrive back in the States, you are likely to experience culture shock again, called “return shock” or “re-entry culture shock.” Just as your host country seemed difficult and unmanageable to you a little while ago, home may seem that way to you now. “Return shock” is a perfectly normal reaction suffered by many who have been abroad.
Return shock could range from annoyance at not finding the food and products to which you have become accustomed to difficulty reestablishing ties with family and friends. Initially you may feel that you no longer fit in. The truth is you have changed culturally.
Return shock is temporary, and you will be able to readjust to your home culture. Be patient, flexible and understanding of the events and people around you and you will soon be reintegrated into the culture you have always known.
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